Murder Stories Taken From Area Newspapers
by Martha J. Kounse
has always been much fascination with old murders, and Lawrence County,
Ohio has had her share over the years.
While scanning old newspapers, I noticed a lot of murders, both solved
and unsolved. While I haven't copied and typed each and every one, I have
gathered quite a collection for The Lawrence Register website.
Due to the fact that the file is growing so large, and it takes a long
time to download, I have had to divide the files into smaller one to make
it easier to view. We hope you take time to read these, as a lot of persons
are mentioned in them. A big thanks goes to Peggy Wells, who helped me copy
and type a lot of these stories.
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of George Noble George
W. Noble, an aged farmer residing alone on Buffalo Creek, about 6 miles
back of Burlington, was foully murdered some time Saturday night or
Wayne McCoy shot and instantly killed A jealous husband, John F. Davis, murdered
Dr. Charles Wayne McCoy May 1, 1907. The following is an account of
the murder and the ensuing trial taken from the local newspaper, the
"Semi-Weekly Irontonian", Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH. The articles
were typed just as they were printed in the newspaper--bad grammar,
misspelled words, and lack of punctuation. Any other errors belong strictly
to the transcriber.
Vernon Murder On
last Thursday, 23rd inst., the citizens in the vicinity of Mount Vernon
Furnace, in this county, were startled by the announcement of the sudden
death of Nancy JOHNSON, wife of Robert JOHNSON.
of Grafton Starbuck The
story about Henry B. Saunders, who was acquitted of a charge of murder
at Fayetteville, W. Va., only a few days ago, has been arrested and
again occupies a cell in the jail at Fayetteville.
Murder Case of 1914 Aged
Woman and Daughter Butchered in Farm Home And Son Clubbed to Death Wednesday
Night at Lecta...
of Edward Rucker
C. Rucker was one of nine children of Jasper and Samantha Lunsford Rucker.
He grew up in Scottown, Lawrence Co., Ohio. As my mother relates
what she was told by her mother, Henrietta Rucker Schmadel, Edward left
Ohio, like many young men of that era, to find riches by prospecting
in the western United States.
White Held In Local Jail; Homicide Charge Pending Family
Quarrel Said to Have Preceded Encounter At Red Hill.
W. Imes Investigation
into the mysterious death of Joseph W. Imes, Metropolitan Life Insurance
Company agent, which has been underway since the well known local man
died of a blow on the head several months ago.
61-Year-old men stabbed in dispute over farm boundary The scrape took place on the
Isom Smith and Ed Rankin farm line at Brady Creek after Smith had taken
exception to the running of a boundary at the expense and request of
Davis Murdered of Ella Mae Welch
was reported on the streets Monday evening about 6:00 that Charles Davis,
murderer of Ella Mae Welch, one week ago today, was dying at the county
jail from the self inflicted wound to his throat.
Wolfe, well known contractor, who resides at
the Clifford Hotel on Fourth and Lawrence streets is a patient at the
Marting Hospital, suffering with a bullet wound in his left arm, and
Charles Sisler of Third and Buckhorn street is a prisoner at the city
jail charged with shooting with intent to kill.
Stepson Makes Charge
that his Aged Mother was Killed by Her Husband
Gossett, who is also about 70 years of age, died Sunday. About 2 weeks
ago Mrs Gossett it is alleged fell from a chair and injured herself. At
her death her son Henry Kingery by a former marriage, charged his
stepfather, Mr. Gossett and Hattie Brown..